Meet Our Staff
Keith Melberg has been the organist at First Lutheran Church since 1985. Prior to that he was an organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Keith also accompanies the Senior Choir and plays in Hosanna Handbells (he plays the heavy, large ones!) Keith is a retired supervisor for the Customer Information System at Otter Tail Power Company and still does some contract work for Otter Tail Power. Keith has 4 children and 8 grand-children and enjoys singing with Community College Chorale in his spare time. Keith is an incredible asset to our music ministry.
Linda Mellon has been a member of First Lutheran Church since she was in fifth grade. Linda has been involved in music ministry since 1984. She was asked to direct one of the children’s choirs temporarily and it stuck. She says, “thirty-four years later, here I am!” In 1987, the church was gifted with a three octave set of Malmark handbells. Linda then began directing the handbell choir. The bell choir has since added two more octaves of bells and five octaves of choirchimes. Linda is married to Bud (they were married at First Lutheran in 1977) and they have two daughters, Sarah and Erica, who were both baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran. Linda and Bud have five grandchildren who love to visit grandma and watch her while she directs the Bell Choir! Linda and Bud live on Otter Tail lake.
Senior Choir Director
Harriet became a member of First Lutheran Church in 1988 and has always loved the rich choral tradition here. Vocal music has always been a central part of her life as she studied vocal/choral music at the Fergus Falls Community College and Bemidji State University. She directed our Senior Choir for 22 years, beginning in 1986. While enjoying retirement from full-time employment, she is excited to be directing again! Harriet and her husband, Barret, have three grown children and three grandchildren, all of whom are members at First Lutheran Church. She loves sharing her lap with her grandchildren during worship services!
Anne Taylor has been involved with church music since the age of 14 when she became the full-time organist at Hamar Lutheran Church in Rothsay, MN. She studied piano and organ at Luther College and was music director/organist at the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb, IL. At First Lutheran, she directs the Worship Team, a group that helps lead the blended worship service once a month. She and her husband, Sean, have two grown children, Ethan and Sarah.